Many of our schools are using interest inventories and collaborative discussions to help students get to know each other and themselves. Structures such as Crew and classroom meetings focus on building relationships, and student confidence and initiative. More formal assessment tools such as YouScience and Xello are helping secondary students identify careers that will align with their interests and aptitudes. Work-based learning experiences through a partnership with the Business and Education Connection (BEC) are providing internships for high school students at Durango High School and Big Picture High School.
We want to do more to help ALL students find academic success. This year, we are increasing after-school opportunities for students across the district through Kids’ Camp, library programming, and extra-curricular programs focused on creativity and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) such as FIRST LEGO League robotics and Destination Imagination. We also are focusing more intentionally on our Elements of Effective Instruction in all classrooms which include personalization and engaging learning environments.
Our schools, leaders, and Board of Education are committed to actively engaging students in strong instruction focused on our Colorado Academic Standards, intervening for students who may need help, and caring for students’ social-emotional welfare. Student achievement data is available on our website, and will continue to be updated throughout the school year with new data points as they are collected. Please check back regularly for updated information and student achievement data.